Dates Added

I just added dates to the patterns under "Links to my patterns" so you will know where to find the tutorials that go with them. Please find the tutorials under the year, month and day listed next to the pattern listed. Thanks and enjoy! If you have any questions please feel free to write me at the address in my profile.

Remember these are my own patterns that I drew the patterns for and wrote the tutorials for. I offer these patterns for free for you to make for yourself, as gifts, or even to sell BUT please do NOT claim my patterns as your own or put them on your website. You may put a link to my site on your website. Please be respectful. You would want the same respect for your patterns. Thank you. God bless.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Love!!!

Most everyone, at least here in America, have heard this:

For God so loved the world, 
that He gave His only begotten Son, 
that whosoever believes in Him 
should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3 :16

It is a common scripture known by many but I wonder how many really know what this means.  How many think it is just a nice saying instead of actual truth!

Do you know the difference between fact and truth?
Facts change and truth remain constant.
Truth NEVER changes.
Truth can NEVER be changed.
Truth remains the same FOREVER!

That is one of the things that I love so much about God.  He IS truth and He NEVER changes!  So if He never changes we can get to know Him.  And He WANTS us to know Him!  He wants us to know His UNCONDITIONAL love.

His love for us never changes, 
but He wants us to change according to 
His will and His Word.
He will help us, and work with us so long as
we are willing to submit ourselves to Him
and believe His Word and do it.

So why do bad things happen?  The Bible tells us the answer:
The thief (the devil) comes not, 
but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.
I Am come that they might have Life,
and that they might have it
more abundantly.
A person might say, "Well I don't have abundant life!"  Well it could be the way the person is living.  It could be the way they are speaking.  It could be the way they treat others.  

These are some of the reasons why a person may not be experiencing the abundant life that God has intended for them to have.  If you are one of those that are not experiencing this wonderful abundant Life that God has made for you do this:

1)  Trust the Lord.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding.  In ALL your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.  Be not wise in your own eyes:  fear the Lord, and depart from evil.  Proverbs 3:6-7  In fact read the whole chapter; it shows what to do.
2)  Delight in the Lord.   Delight yourself also in the Lord; and He shall give you the desires of your heart.  Psalm 37:4
3)  Commit your ways to Him.  Commit your way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.  Psalm 37:5

There is so much more, but start with these truths and learn more.  I want to encourage you to read the Bible, God's Word that NEVER EVER changes.  Get to know Him!  Get to know His character!  He loves you!!


February's placemat 
is to remind us of God's unchanging love for us 
and the Love we should have for one another.
This placemat is square
Here is what you will need for each placemat:
1/4 yard  of 4 pinks (make it the long quarter instead of fat quarters)
19 inch by 19 inch of background fabric
19 inch by 19 inch backing fabric
19 inch by 19 inch of Timtex or something like it ( I used Stiffy from Long Creek Mills)
Print off the pattern template found on the right side of this page listed under "Links to My Patterns"

Here is what to do:
Cut the pinks 2 1/2 inches wide by the width of the fabric
Arrange in an order that pleases you
Sew together using 1/4 inch seams
Press on both sides with hot iron
Trace template on the 'new fabric' four times
Cut out carefull
Take background fabric and fold in half
And again the other way
Crease with your hand to find center
Center
Place hearts so the point is in the center.  You can place them from corner to corner (like I did in the picture) or side to side.  Which ever you prefer, but have the points in the center
Set your machine on the widest statin stitch and sew across starting where the hearts begin to touch.  You may want to glue down
When you get to the center cross roads just keep going across
Now sew the other way.  When you get to the cross roads, again, keep going
Now sew the around the outside of the hearts with a statin stitch that is a bit narrower.  You can keep going from where you left off with sewing across, just change the setting to a narrower stitch
Continue around going slowly, especially on the inside points. 
Trim to about 1 inch outside of the hearts
Bind off using your favorite method of binding.  DONE!  Enjoy!!

BONUS!!
A Beautiful Valentines Table Runner Pattern!!!
What you will need to make this table runner?
1/2 yard of white background fabric
1/2 yard of backing fabric
16 inches by 45 inches of stabilizer such as Timtex or Peltex (I used stiffy)
1/2 yard for hearts
Scraps  for flowers, green for leaves, blue for the Blue Morpho Butterflies, and yellow for flower centers
Matching thread for various fabrics and stems
Black thread for butterflies
Copy of pattern.  You can find on the right side of this page in "Links to My Patterns"

What to do:
Layer Stiffy and background fabric (wait on the backing)
Cut out hearts, 12 flowers of various colors and place on fabric in the following manner
I used a decorative stitch around the inside and outside of the heart.  With water soluble pen draw stitching lines on the flowers to make 'hearts'
With narrow satin stitch sew down either side of the line from one side to the other.  You can see there is stitching down both sides of the line.  Then do across the other way in the same way--on both sides of the line
Next sew around the outside of each flower with the same satin stitch.
With water soluble pen mark stems.  Make the stem in the heart as if they are secured in the bottom of it.  And the stems outside the  heart coming from the binding as in the picture.  Use satin stitch to make stems.
Put centers in flowers make the cross lines and sew like the flowers.  Place on leaves; larger hearts for the outside flowers, smaller leaves for flowers inside of the heart.  Use small narrow satin stitch around.

For butterflies: use wide satin stitch around the outside of butterflies with black thread.  With the black make head with wide satin stitch, narrow for neck and wide again for body for length of body and narrow down to point for tail.   Use straight stitch for antennae and division for wings
Cut strips of heart fabric 2 1/2 inches wide and width of fabric for binding.  Fold in half length wise press.  Put backing on the back of table runner.   From the back sew on binding
Fold binding to the front and sew down using matching color thread
DONE!!  Enjoy the table runner.  Please let me know if you make this.  I would like to hear from you!  God bless.

Sibling Rivalry

One day Kaylynn, her brother Logan, and their cousin Claire were making plans for a time of play and a picnic one wintery day.  Their mothers packed them a picnic lunch of snow goose sandwiches, snow-cones, and baked Alaska.  Having the basket all packed they sent their children on their way with kisses and a promise to return for supper.  The children walked away in happy chatter with an icicle in one hand, sled in the other along with their basket of goodies.  They were off to their favorite play area complete with a great sliding hill and woods to run around in.

As the hill and woods came in view, Logan took off on a run.  "Last one there is a rotten egg!", he called back.  All were off on a run to see who would get there first.  Of course, as planned, Logan won.


As he prepared to jump on his sled for a grand run down the hill, Kaylynn whispered to Claire, "Watch this!"









And whirled a snowball that hit Logan squarely in the head nearly knocking his hat off!









Claire squealed with delight!!

"KAYLYNN!!!!", Logan yelled.  The girls walked away with their sleds laughing.  The two girls were the first down the hill!




"I will get you for that!", Logan yelled, planning his revenge.

The children had a wonderful morning of sledding.  They took their lunch break, starving for the delicious meal their mothers so lovingly packed for them.  Afterwards Claire said, "Let's take a walk in the woods!"  "Ok" the other two agreed.  Having done their clean up they were off toward the woods.

They began running around this tree and that playing tag and hide-and-go-seek.  What a time they had!

Now, they could see by the turning sun (and their growling tummies!) that it was time to head home for supper.  The girls walked ahead with their sleds and basket in tow making plans for another snow play day.  Totally unsuspecting, there was a BAM and a snowball hit Kaylynn in the back of the head!!


"LOGAN!!!"  She yelled, turning to face him with her hands on her hips!









Claire gasped!  "OH MY!!"








Logan just doubled over in wails of laughter!  And continued laughing all the way home!






Hearing the children approach the house the two moms came to the door and asked, "Did you have fun?"  "Sure did!!", smirked Logan.  The girls looked at him and then at each other and began laughing too, "We sure did!!", they chorused!



I hope you enjoyed the story about  my Grandchildren.  In real life, Claire will be two next month, Kaylynn two in September, and her brother Logan is due to make his appearance into this world in May.  When I finished these placemats for them, a couple of nights ago the Lord gave me this story to go along with the January placemats.  I hope you enjoy making them as much as I did.  I do apologize for this being so late.  With the Holidays and other events I couldn't get it up any sooner.  And NOW it is also time for the February placemat pattern too!!  That will be up in a day or two.

Here are the directions for January placemats:

You will need for each placemat:
5 fat quarters of various blues
Scraps of white, greens, and hat and scarf material
Embroidery floss-eye color, mouth, and closed eyes
Yarn or embroidery floss for hair
Matching thread for the applique
Brown thread for stick arms.
15 1/2 by 18 1/2 stabilizer such as Timtex or some thing similar
Download and print the pattern.  You will find this on the right side of this page listed under "Links to My Patterns"



Begin by cutting the blues.
You may stack the fabric and cut all at once, but make sure that the side edges and the top edges on all layers are matching.







Cut 3 and 1/2 inches wide and 19 inches long.





Put the fabric in an order that pleases you and sew together with 1/4 inch seams.  When done press all seam in one direction and press flat.



Place sewn strips on the stabilizer and sew on the follow through both layers.
Cut out the trees and circles for snow children.  Pin where you would like them.  Sew using a narrow satin stitch for the trees and a little wider satin stitch for the circles.  Go slow on the tree especially around the points--both inside and outside points.

Cut out the snowballs and pin in place.  How you place them determines the look.  Having the points more in the air makes them look they are sailing through the air.  Pointed more downward makes them to appear dripping.




Having sewn on the parts, draw the faces with a water-soluble pen.   This is the fun part--making the expressions!!




Now do the hand embroidery:

Satin stitch for the open eyes






For the closed, squinting eyes; back stitch, doing the 3 outside short lines first.  Bring needle up on the outside and then in at the beginning of the long line. Then stitch across the long line to the other side.  Then do the 3 short lines on the opposite side.






Back stitch around the mouths.







For each scarf cut one piece of fabric 1  1/4 inch wide by 2  1/4 long and cut a second piece 1  1/4 inch wide and 1 1/4 long.  Fold the raw edges of the width toward the middle then fold in half--like a trifold.  Satin stitch in place as shown in the picture.

Make loops for hair and pin in place.  Now cut the hats.  Claire's is a tight fitting hat.  place over her braided hair (if you choose braids) and use a decorative stitch, or satin stitch and stitch down.  As you stitch the hat in place this will stitch the hair as well.

For the "stocking knit" hats;  cut a piece of fabric 3 inches length by 2 1/2 inches wide.  Fold the two side edges and the bottom edge in 1/4 of an inch and press with the iron.  
Open the bottom edge and pin in place.  Then sew across.  I sewed back and forth to  secure hair under the hat.

Bring the hat up and sew up the sides approximately half way.



 Bring needle with thread up from the back behind the hat.  Weave needle and thread in and out using small stitches all across above the machine stitches (about 1/2 way up).  Pull thread to gather.












Take a couple of stitches around the gathers to hold in place.
With water soluble pen draw on lines for stick hands and arms.  Sew "fingers" with smaller satin stitch and the arms with little larger satin stitch.







Now finish up by putting the backing fabric on and bind in your favorite method of binding.  I used my serger with decorative thread and made curves around the corners.

Thank you for looking!  I hope you enjoy this pattern.  Please let me know if you make this.  God bless!!!

Dates Added

I just added dates to the patterns under "Links to my patterns" so you will know where to find the tutorials that go with them. Please find the tutorials under the year, month and day listed next to the pattern listed. Thanks and enjoy! If you have any questions please feel free to write me at the address in my profile.

Remember these are my own patterns that I drew the patterns for and wrote the tutorials for. I offer these patterns for free for you to make for yourself, as gifts, or even to sell BUT please do NOT claim my patterns as your own or put them on your website. You may put a link to my site on your website. Please be respectful. You would want the same respect for your patterns. Thank you. God bless.

Pre-Op for Sweaters and Shrugs

This "Pre-Op for Sweaters and Shrugs" is to help you with sizing. There is a place for arm length, body length, wrist size---every thing you need to keep track of to make my sweaters and shrugs. The download button is on the right. You can copy off as many as you need sweaters and shrugs for. If you have any questions about this please let me know and I will try to help.